Archive | August, 2011

Waiting

29 Aug

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Thought I’d post a few pictures from my quick trip to Llano while I’m patiently awaiting the arrival of a repairman who is cutting it awfully close to the end-time of his three-hour window.

Most of the photos were taken in our space at Whimseys. But the top photo is of a table I worked on this morning. I just want to sit and stare at its beauty for the rest of my life, reaching out to touch it on occasion.

I so love junk.

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Back to work

24 Aug

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Man, I have stood idle far too long. A mere 10 minutes into revamping my wee space, I had already sliced two (important) fingers. One on each hand. You’ve probably seen versions of me and judged harshly. Go ahead. Kick me while I’m down. My game is so off!

Still, somehow, I managed to paint three whole pieces before the heat beat me down and while I still had full-functioning fingers.

Testimonial: I painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint today. I tried not to let myself spend $38 on a quart and $20-something on wax. I’ll admit I was curious, so I paid the piper after hearing only good things from Highly Experienced Furniture Painters. I tried to be skeptical, and may have succeeded through the first coat. It seemed like any other paint. BUT… WOW… the second coat went on so well that I started to rationalize the expense. (Surely there is monetary value in skipping the line, attitudes and wait at the big orange store?) And I love wax. Pretty much all kinds. But I really love the smell of paste wax, even though the instructions warn you NOT TO INHALE THE FUMES. So I rationalized again. After all, everyone who’s anyone knows that smelling and inhaling are two entirely different things.

In the end, Annie Sloan won me over. (You know how she is.) Maybe I was fume-affected. All I know for sure is that this paint covers well with no prep, dries quickly and sands easily. And there’s really not much more that you can ask of a paint, is there? Well…you can ask it to pick up a brush and get moving, but then everyone will know you’ve been breathing in fumes and your wax card may very well be revoked. I say don’t chance it.

Another day, another prototype

11 Aug

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This is the tote bag in development for the Rusted Gingham show…plus I need some soft lines at Homestead. The bag is stenciled and (gasp!) glittered. The flowers are die-cut and hand-stamped. The tag is distressed, hand-stamped and boasts a crown wax seal that my son says looks a little like a pumpkin. I’m quite fond of it. Only time will tell if anyone else likes it!

Cracklin’ vinyl

10 Aug

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Yes. I do own a record player, but I don’t plan on listening to these oldies. Their covers are frame-worthy. Don’t you agree? I picked them up at an estate sale yesterday, found some frames on sale and, well, I framed those puppies. They’re shop-bound tomorrow.

Linking up with Junker Newbie’s Would You Buy It Wednesday!

Stamped dog tag

8 Aug

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I tried to post this earlier, but the photo didn’t seem to load. We’re still having computer issues. So… my metal stamp set has arrived. I can finally do something with all the dog tags I’ve been hoarding. I played around a bit today and made the junkology tag pictured, hopefully, above. I like these crafty days!

Beating the heat with hot glue

7 Aug

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Inspired by a number of art classes and the works of many talented women, my version of the cuff bracelet was born today. Seriously easy. Seriously cute. And a nice diversion after a sweaty day of junking yesterday. I may never take it off. And I may become a hermit until, say, November. Put a fork in me. I’m overdone.

SALE!

4 Aug

Yep, it’s time… Now through August 20, 2011, take 20% off your purchases from Checkered Past at both Homestead Handcraft locations in San Antonio, Texas. Sorry, but discount does not apply to items being put on layaway. Simply show a copy of this post at the counter to receive your discount. OR… if your phone’s not smart enough, you can print out a copy of this post. Also… feel free to share this information with your peeps. I’m too hot and bothered to put coupons in the store, so I guess you could call this my lazy days of summer sale. And just so you know… I just dropped off a bunch of really kickin’ letter jackets and varsity sweaters at the Thousand Oaks location. And of course… no photos. Get over it. It’s a sale!!!